"Children Remove the Priest's Kiddie Porn" Jesus art, painting, by KATA BILLUPS




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"Children Remove the Priest's Kiddie Porn" Jesus art, painting, by KATA BILLUPS:
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TITLE: The Children Confiscated the Priest's Art Collection as JesusStood by for SupportI am honored to have many prominent musicians, actors andactresseswho own my work. Julia Roberts, Dennis and Randy Quaid,R.E.M., Trudie and Sting, and Susan Sarandon are just a few...thisis one of

FIRST of ALL, I'd like to share anAustralian friend and Collector's comment on thee shock value of my work....

"Love thesymbolism-although it would be optimistic in the extreme(at least in secular Australia)

to find a young person todaywho’s familiar with the basic tenets of Christianity and the story of Jesus.

I was also intrigued by yourmotivation behind the work,

that is to say, you wanted itto excite a certain reaction, in this case, to offend,

to shock,

to confront.

I love the irony that thevery reactions your work does and may well elicit,

were the self same reactionsthat Jesus himself elicited. And that, as much as Jesus was misunderstood,

maligned and ultimatelyrejected, this work might follow a similar trajectory

(at least with the Godfearing, morally respectable, buttoned up, self righteous middle classes)

which is a shame, as your rationale,if they could but comprehend it,

(let he/she who has eyes see)

might allow them to admit theveracity of Picasso’s dictum that-

‘Art is a lie, that helps ussee the truth’."

and it reads as had many Catholic priests and nuns bevery kind to me and others when I was a child. Most are dead now although somemay be elderly and still alive.I think your painting is horrible and verycruel and unfair to the many good priests and nuns who helped children inpoverty and gave up their lives to help people. Maybe you think it is clever orcontroversial but it is just ugly, bigoted and sectarian.You see an only an ugly world if youhave only ugly eyes to see with. Please don't bother to reply. I'm notreally interested in the views of someone who could make such an ugly thingjust to court controversy and chase money".

(name with-held)
andsome more RECENT "love mail" (versus hate mail...)


HERE is MY TAKE on it-----As long as we are not in Nazi Germanyand still have freedom of expression- I hope the person who wrote me the hate mail will 'cool their jets' and look at both sides of the story.this is MY STORY in paint. That person is free to PAINT THEIR OWN STORY !
PERIOD.and btw. if You knew me. ...You'd realize I have deep respect for (and am friends with) many Catholics and I realize it was the Catholics who helped preserve the religious art during the time of the reformation (not the protestants by and large- ) and it was mainly the Catholics who began the first orphanages...and and and...
please read on if you wish.....


Artist's Description of Work:

The narrative is set in a priest’s living room area with a tiny view of a lavish bedroom seen through a little door in the background.

The furnishings are upholstered in a bright blue teal.

There is a zebra skin carpet on the floor.

As the title explains, the scene involves little children taking down a priest’s dirty art collection.

What the title does not say is that Jesus is in the room with them and the children are replacing the dirty art with portraits of Christ.

Jesus and the priest are on about the same picture plane.

Jesus’ stance also suggests that he is guarding one of the children.

The priest is recoiling from an angry child standing on a chair.

With the aid of a chair, the child stands high enough to reprimand the priest face to face.

Another child in the foreground is grinning at the viewer as he carries away a painting.

The painting is THE ROOM by Balthus. In my opinion it is a pedophile’s painting.

The girl’s body is draped over a fainting couch.

Her eyes are closed. She is not aware of anyone watching her.

Clearly someone (or something) is watching her though.

A dwarf like character is flinging back the curtains to further expose the young child.

A black cat also observes from its perch in the background.

I include a picture of the Balthus piece mentioned in my pictures for this listing. (last pic.)

inspiration for this painting came from current events in my life.

Around 2000- I dated a man who was molested in his youth by a priest.

to quote Martin Luther (of the reformation)
"Luther’s own Prayer before his Marriage, and the Reason why he took a Wife,
which was, as he himself said to unbraid
the Devil, and to confound the filthy incontinent life in Popery,
which was so odious and abominable,
that Pope Leo himself was taken out of the World
at that time when he was committing Buggery
with a Prostituted Boy.
I could here also insert the lamentable Fruits of an unmarried Life
in Priests and Nuns; which have been so notorious,
that not onely in Rome and Germany, but in England also,
and many other Places, there have been found in Ponds and Cellars
many thousand heads of infants,
who thus desperately have been thrown away to preserve
the Reputation of the Castity of the Nuns and Friars"

As I contemplated this heinous act, my mind drifted to some older

influences that dovetailed in to the inspiration.

I recalled some paintings I had been exposed to while in my undergraduate training at the Kansas City Art Institute.

They were by an artist who painted during the first part of the twentieth century named Balthus.

I was repulsed by his paintings of prepubescent nude or partially clothed children in erotic poses.

In viewing Balthus’ paintings I was disturbed to be made an instant voyeur

to the perverse imagination of this painter.

The contrast between my strong negative response and that of my Professors was radical.

My Professors spoke of Balthus in hushed and reverent tones: (as if he were a great man...)

Computationally, Jesus’ legs form a solid triangular base for a little child to hide behind.

The priest needed to be an animated character who was affected by the children’s presence.

I had a book in my studio about the Three Stooges and a picture of Mo caught my eye.

Technically, this painting is a dinosaur.

First in the list of technical problems is the fact that I realized I could not see well.

My eyes had changed and I needed new glasses.

and- I had not yet enrolled in a class on advanced anatomy or perspective.

even though this painting is technically crude,

I believe the composition and narrative are strong enough to make this painting worthy of merit.

Dimensions:

This Primary Original Painting measures 3 inches deep, 53 inches high and 33 inches across.

It is currently unframed.

The stretcher bars are hand built and extra heavy. There is a center cross bar on the back for added support.

I currently create three categories of work.

This listing is (category 1)

a PRIMARY ORIGINAL of my work

1. PRIMARY ORIGINALS. These works are sought after by serious Collectors of my work. I create only ten to twenty pieces
in this category per year.
PRIMARY ORIGINALS are often my largest and most intensive works. They can take me weeks or even months to create.

2. REPLICA ORIGINALS. These are entirely hand painted Versions of certain Primary Originals (which are similar but in no way identical to the
Primary Originals which they emulate). Ethically, technically and in every way these pieces are also Original Paintings.
These pieces require weeks for me to complete.

3. VERSIONS OF WORK. These pieces are ethically technically legally (and in every way) Original Paintings.
The demand for them arose when Patrons admired previously sold PRIMARY or REPLICA ORIGINAL
pieces and wanted something similar but not necessarily as expensive.
In some ways these are my most unique works. I typically spend a week, two weeks or even longer on each piece.
They often have very unusual frames which I embellish with one-of-a-kind mattes and vintage objects de' art and unusual titles.

Please see the individual listings (look at the bottom of the listing) for complete TECHNICAL descriptions.
And feel free to contact me with any questions.


"Children Remove the Priest's Kiddie Porn" Jesus art, painting, by KATA BILLUPS:
$57425.00

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